RELEASE- Juno Nominee, Desiree Dawson set to perform during the 2022 Juno Fest at Fanfare held at the Eaton Centre Toronto, on May 8,9, &13th!
Desirée Dawson, is a JUNO-nominated recording artist, songwriter, producer, and yoga teacher who was born, raised, and is currently residing on the, occupied, traditional, unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations (also known as “Vancouver BC”), and is of mixed ancestry, her mother has French-Canadian settler ancestry from “Ontario” and her father is of African descent from “South Carolina”.
Desiree can often be found sharing her music internationally and is very passionate about music’s role in collective healing, by encouraging listeners to find a connection within themselves and the people and land around them. A CBC radio favorite, Desirée’s music has been featured on numerous CBC programs, has her songs on regular rotation, and won the CBC Searchlight contest in 2016. Over the last couple of years, Desiree has been chosen for numerous high profile opportunities across the industry, whether as a songwriter in the Discovery Song Camp with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, a participant in the Allan Slaight JUNO Masterclass, artist in the Vancouver Folk Fest, the juror in the inaugural Black Canadian Music Awards, or various sync placements.
Desirée passionately supports her community through a variety of music-based workshops and gatherings. Whether performing solo with her baritone Ukulele, in harmony with her band, or leading sound healing workshops, Desirée’s music is made to get us feeling and healing.
With her 2022 JUNO nomination in the Adult Contemporary Album of the Year category for her 2021 release, Meet You At The Light, Vancouver’s Desirée Dawson will be heading to Toronto to play Juno Fest and appear at the Cadillac Fairview’s Juno Fanfare pre-event, titled Music at CF, prior to attending the JUNO Awards on Sunday, May 15th.
Just this year, Desirée took home the SXSW award for “Best Music Video” for “Meet You At The Light“, where she was the only Canadian who had a piece nominated at the event. The Billboard Magazine featured artist writes, produces, and plays ukulele on her most recent project, placing her among the 2.1% of producers who identify as women within the music industry today. From participating in writing camps with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds to having her music placed across multiple TV shows, winning CBC’s 2016 Searchlight competition, and being a juror in the inaugural Black Canadian Music Awards, Desirée Dawson has taken the Canadian music scene by storm. With over three million streams on Spotify, Desirée’s heartfelt lyrics and emotive, delicate, and soaring vocals have attracted fans from all over the world to her music.
Catch Desiree at this year’s 51st Annual Junos 2022, Toronto JUNO Performances
Cadillac Fairview Juno Fan Fare Pre-Event – Music at CF:
Sunday, May 8, 2022 – CF Fairview Mall 1-2 pm (Level 2, near Birks)
Monday, May 9, 2022 – CF Eaton Centre 5-6 pm (Level 3, near Lululemon)
JUNOFest (Presented by Blue Crane Agency): Friday, May 13, 2022 – Arthaus – 5:00 pm (Tickets)
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